Idioms for step

Origin of step

before 900; (v.) Middle English steppen, Old English steppan; cognate with Old High German stepfen; akin to stamp; (noun) Middle English; Old English stepe

OTHER WORDS FROM step

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH step

step steppe
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British Dictionary definitions for in step (1 of 3)

step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

verb steps, stepping or stepped

Derived forms of step

steplike, adjective

Word Origin for step

Old English stepe, stæpe; related to Old Frisian stap, stepe, Old High German stapfo (German Stapfe footprint), Old Norse stapi high rock

British Dictionary definitions for in step (2 of 3)

Step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

  1. a set of aerobic exercises designed to improve the cardiovascular system, which consists of stepping on and off a special box of adjustable height
  2. (as modifier)Step aerobics

British Dictionary definitions for in step (3 of 3)

STEP
/ (stɛp) /

n acronym for

Special Temporary Employment Programme
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Idioms and Phrases with in step (1 of 2)

in step

1

Moving to a rhythm or conforming to the movements of others, as in The kids marched in step to the music. [Late 1800s]

2

in step with. In conformity or harmony with, as in He was in step with the times. The antonym to both usages is out of step, as in They're out of step with the music, or His views are out of step with the board's. [Late 1800s] Also see in phase; out of phase.

Idioms and Phrases with in step (2 of 2)

step

In addition to the idioms beginning with step

  • step aside
  • step by step
  • step down
  • step in
  • step in the right direction, a
  • step into
  • step into someone's shoes
  • step on it
  • step on someone's toes
  • step out
  • step out of line
  • step up

also see:

  • false step
  • in step
  • (step) out of line
  • take steps
  • watch one's step
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